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Acadia National Park
This research developed and applied state-of-the-art trail condition assessment and monitoring procedures and applied them to the park’s formal and informal (visitor-created) trails.
At Acadia National Park, changing visitor use levels and patterns have contributed to an
increasing degree of visitor use impacts to natural and cultural resources. To better understand
the extent and severity of these resource impacts and identify effective management techniques,
the park sponsored this research to develop monitoring protocols, collect baseline data, and
identify suggestions for management strategies. The park has adopted the NPS Visitor
Experience and Resource Protection (VERP) carrying capacity framework to guide these studies.
Published May 2011
This manual has been written to aid crew leaders working with trail work volunteers. It assumes the following priorities, in order of importance, for every volunteer trail work event: 1) Safety, 2) Enjoyment, 3) Quality product, 4) Productivity.
As a crew leader you represent the CTF. One of your main jobs is to convey the CTF’s thanks to the volunteers for their commitment to making and preserving The Colorado Trail as a national treasure.
Outdoor leadership skills can be developed and improved over time through a combination of self-study, formal training and experience. Leadership trainings are offered frequently by volunteers and staff of the AMC. The trainings range from a single day to a weekend. If you are looking for additional training, the AMC offers several courses each season through the Guided Outdoors program.
Trails research can help support trail management decision-making and funding by providing objective, quantitative information describing trail users, their numbers and demographics, preferences, and economic expenditures.